In California, this program leads to a Level 1 Education Specialist Instruction Credential: Mild/Moderate Disabilities K-12.
The WGU Special Education Mild to Moderate program does not lead to an English Learner Authorization, nor does this program lead to an ASD Authorization Standard 1: Characteristics of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder AASE (Added Authorization-Autism Spectrum Disorder). Details on what areas and in what settings the Education Specialist credential authorizes you to teach are found in CL-808.
If you wish to add either of these authorizations to your California credentials, you will need to complete the requirements outside of the WGU Special Education Mild to Moderate program.
|Required Exams for Licensure|
|Special Education Content Exam||
Special Education Content Exam: Praxis 5543 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Mild to Moderate Applications OR Praxis 5354 Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
Or, if passed prior to 9/1/10, Praxis 5542.
You must pass one of these exams to graduate from the program and be recommended for certification. The Praxis 5543 is the recommended exam because it also satisfies the WGU Program Requirement. All students in a Special Education program who matriculated on or after 9/1/2011 must meet the WGU Program Requirement.
Because WGU Special Education Mild to Moderate graduates apply for their California credentials via reciprocity with Utah, they do not need to satisfy California's U.S. Constitution requirement, nor do they need to complete any CSET content exams.
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